2015 MBA Directors Forum Speakers

Eve Ash Eve Ash

Our dinner speaker, Eve Ash, is an author, motivational psychologist, film producer and is an entrepreneur who founded Seven Dimensions in 1979. She has produced over 700 videos on management, communication, service, best practice, health and motivation, winning over 160 international awards. Her more recent work includes Cutting Edge Communication, 150 short comedy films, filmed in USA, a multi-award winning feature documentary Shadow of Doubt about a wrongful conviction in Tasmania and the Finding My Magic cartoons to teach children confidence, featuring Olympian Cathy Freeman.

Eve was a national winner of a Telstra Australian Businesswoman award and has written two books published by Penguin Books.

Eve is an inspirational speaker and renowned for her practical strategies, powerful communication style and memorable presentations.

Websites: 7d-tv.com | eveash.com | shadowofdoubt.tv

Professor Alex Triantis Professor Alex Triantis

Professor Alex Triantis is Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Triantis joined the Smith School in 1995 and was appointed as the eighth dean of the Smith School of Business in 2013.

As a highly regarded expert in the area of financial strategy and corporate finance and valuation, Triantis has published numerous articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, and the Review of Financial Studies, and in practitioner journals such as RISK, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. His research has been featured in Businessweek, CFO magazine, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other periodicals.

Triantis has consulted and provided executive training in the areas of corporate finance and valuation. Clients have included multinational corporations and organizations such as Airbus Industrie, BHP Billiton, CSX, Dupont, Ernst & Young, Hyatt, Jefferies and Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Morgan Stanley, Northrop Grumman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and the World Bank.

He is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences and executive forums. He has received numerous awards and citations for teaching excellence, including being a two-time recipient of Smith School’s top award (Krowe Award), and being named by Business week as an Outstanding Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland.

Triantis received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988.

Zeger Degraeve Professor Zeger Degraeve

Is Dean of Melbourne Business School and the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne and a leading expert in decision-making, operations research and managing project portfolios. He holds a BSc (Ghent) , MBA (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and PhD (Chicago).

Professor Degraeve joined Melbourne Business School in November 2011 as Dean. In 2013, he also became Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. Prior to this, Professor Degraeve spent 12 years at London Business School where he was Deputy Dean Programs and a member of the School’s Governing Body.

Since his appointment to Melbourne Business School, Professor Degraeve has focused on expanding the School’s international reach with customised programs in Asia, alumni outreach programs globally and recruitment of international faculty as well as an expansion of the school’s portfolio of programs.

In his research, Professor Degraeve focuses on how to create an organisational culture that fosters calculated risk-taking, innovation and experimentation. He has published more than 50 articles for leading journals and has won several awards.

Alongside his academic career, Zeger Degraeve also provides consultancy and clients include the European Commission, Andersen Business Consulting, National Economic Research Associates (NERA) and McKinsey and Co.

Gordon Davis Gordon Davis

Gordon Davis

Gordon is Chairman of Greening Australia Limited. He joined ICI Australia (now Orica Limited) in 1993, as Manager of Corporate Affairs, with responsibility for external communication and government relations. In 2003 he was appointed to run Orica Explosives global accounts, before taking over management of the $1B turnover Orica Explosives Australia/Asia business. He revitalised many aspects of this business, which enabled it to capitalise on the mining boom.

In 2006 Gordon was appointed CEO of AWB Limited where he reformed the constitution and structure, initiating a major restructure and recapitalisation of the balance sheet. In the process fundamentally modernising the business culture and operating performance. Gordon explored various growth strategies, including mergers with other ASX listed companies, before the Canadian company Agrium successfully acquired it in 2010.
Gordon was appointed Chair of VicForests by the Victorian Minister of Agriculture Peter Walsh in October 2011. He was appointed to non executive directorships with NuFarm Limited in May 2011 and The Nature Conservancy in 2013.

Gordon holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an honours degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne, and a masters degree from the University of Tasmania.

Mo Fox Mo Fox

Mo Fox is a creative strategist and true hybrid thinker; an accomplished artist with an extensive corporate background in advertising and strategy who consults, speaks, writes and trains in the area of wicked problems, creativity and design thinking.

Her eclectic background means she thrives on combining structured analytical thinking with free-form creativity to get sharper, faster, stickier results. She has worked across a wide range of industries here and in the UK, with companies as varied as Toyota, IKEA, Kellogg and SAP and is known for her ability to navigate wicked problems and generate innovative ideas in a short space of time – always engaging people in the process. Mo also teaches a number of executive education courses on wicked problems and design thinking at MGSM and is a sought after conference speaker.

Jason Lawrence Jason Lawrence

Jason Lawrence is the Director for Market Development (North Asia), for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®) based in Hong Kong. Jason is charged with working with business schools and others in ten markets including, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining GMAC in June 2012, Jason was a Professor at KAIST College of Business, where he worked for 6 years. At the same time, he managed the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS).

Jason has a range of experience in managing sales teams or teaching/training roles, in Japan, Korea, and Australia. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business (HRM) and a Master of International Business.

Trey Zagante Trey Zagante

Trey Zagante is Founder and Managing Partner of the Venturetec Group; an investment and advisory firm operating across the Asia Pacific region. Venturetec takes a high-volume and industrialized approach to investing in disruptive enterprise technology startups.

Trey is an experienced strategy and technology consulting executive and a thought leader on corporate innovation and corporate-startup collaboration. He regularly advises corporates on enterprise innovation strategy, innovation management and corporate venturing.Trey is actively involved in the startup and venture capital ecosystems in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has been profiled in the AFR, HK Economic Times, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Most recently, Trey was a founding partner of VanceInfo Technologies Australia; acquired by a China-based, NASDAQ-listed technology services company (now part of the Blackstone Group). Previously, he managed major consulting engagements for an ASX-listed technology services company, and was a Senior Finance Consultant at Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Trey holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance.

He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Andrew Crisp Andrew Crisp

Andrew Crisp jointly founded CarringtonCrisp in 2003 with Mary Lou Carrington. He has considerable research and communication experience having worked in branding agencies, as the Employment Correspondent for The European newspaper, as Marketing Director for an internet business and as a student campaign leader at The Industrial Society.

Previously, Andrew led the agency team that carried out the London Business School rebrand. Since setting up CarringtonCrisp he has carried out projects for a wide range of clients including INSEAD, Cranfield University, University of Queensland, University of Winnipeg, Sheffield Business School and the University of St Gallen.

Andrew’s research work ranges from focus groups for universities through to major quantitative studies. Andrew works on all of the group research studies run by CarringtonCrisp, providing analysis, report writing and presentation of results.

Andrew has also spoken at industry events organised by The Economist, The Design Council, the Association of Business Schools (ABS), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

2015 MBA Directors Forum Program

Wednesday 9th September

10:30 Registration and Morning Tea
11:00 Conference welcome and introductions
Opening Speaker – The Future
11:30 What will the MBA Program look like in 2020?
Prof Zeger Degraeve, Dean of Melbourne Business School and the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Plenary – Challenges, Issues and Some Solutions
12:20 Increasing the participation of women in MBA Programs (via video and Skype from USA)
Prof Alex Triantis, Dean of Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
13:10 Lunch
14:10 Confessions of some MBA Directors – Redesigning the MBA and discussions
In this session three Directors who have recently re-designed their MBA will talk about what they have done, why and how and then answer questions. This will be followed by discussion with everyone on the table.
15:40 Afternoon tea
Plenary – The MBA of the Future
16:10 What flavour MBA will tempt student taste buds?
Andrew Crisp, Carrington Crisp, UK
17:00 Free time
19:00 Dinner

Dinner Speaker: How to manage difficult people and maintain your own wellbeing
Eve Ash, Founder Seven Dimensions

Thursday 10th September

07:00 – 8:30 Breakfast (Restaurant)
Plenary – What and How?
08:30 Demonstration of AdjunctFinder.com (optional (20 minute session)
Dr John Toohey and Victoria O’Connor, AdjunctFinder.com
09:00 Insights into Graduate Management Education
Jason Lawrence, Director, Market Development (North Asia), Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®)
09:50 Navigating wicked problems in a volatile world
Mo Fox, Creator, Welcome to Wicked™ and Studio Thinking®
10:50 Morning Tea
11:20 Discussion Groups
13:00 Lunch
Plenary 3 – Business and Alumni perspectives
14:00 What business needs from MBA graduates
Gordon Davis, Chair, Greening Australia
14:50 Expectations and experiences of an MBA graduate
Trey Zagante, Founder and Managing Partner of the Venturetec Group
15:40 Concluding remarks and afternoon tea
16:00 Depart

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